Senators welcome Gallup survey finding PH one of world’s safest countries

Published November 5, 2020, 2:01 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Senators on Thursday welcomed an international survey that says the Philippines is one of the safest countries in the world due to its citizens’ confidence in the police and their feeling of security under the present government.

(Ali Vicoy / MANILA BAY)

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he believes the Gallup Global Law and Order 2020 survey is a vindication for President Duterte who has been constantly criticized for his campaign against illegal drugs. 

“Amen! That explains the rating of the President,” Sotto said, pointing to the President’s high satisfaction rating in public preferential surveys.

Senator Ronald De la Rosa also welcomed the Gallup poll pointing out that it used scientific research to come up with such findings.

“And you can’t debunk science. Their findings only confirmed my personal experience since the later part of 2016 that people were telling me via person to person contact that they feel safer now due to the war on drugs and they are very thankful to the Duterte government,” said De la Rosa.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara also echoed Sotto’s observation the Gallup poll validates the high approval ratings President Duterte have recently received.

“It may reflect the sentiment of the proverbial man on the street. Baka kaya mataas din ang approval ratings ni Pangulong Duterte sapagkat isa sa focus ng administrasyon niya  ay (Maybe the reason why President Duterte’s approval ratings is high is because his administration’s focus is) peace and order or fighting criminality,” Angara stressed. 

According to the Gallup poll, the Philippines ranks 12thamong the 144 countries surveyed in 2019 and is tied with Autralia, New Zealand, Poland and Serbia with 84 percent.

The study also showed that seven out of 10 people said they are safe and have confidence in the local police.

However, local rights groups have said the results were ironic considering the questionable record of the local police especially in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.